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To Thomas T. Connally1
May 11, 1943 [Washington, D.C.]
My dear Senator Connally:
In my hearing yesterday before your Subcommittee I failed to comment specifically on one of the reasons for my appearance. Your secretary had requested General Wedemeyer to testify before the Committee last Friday. At the moment General Wedemeyer was working about fourteen hours a day preparing data for me regarding the approaching conference with the British, but what was more important, there was little he could say as a subordinate officer at that conference. I therefore requested that he be excused from the hearing on Friday and later proposed my own attendance for the hearing Monday morning.
As the senior American officer present at the Casablanca conference it fell to me to preside over the meetings with the British and therefore I was fully aware of all that had taken place of a military nature. It therefore seemed advisable that I personally should appear before your Committee in order to make a direct statement of the facts in the case; and further, that my appearance would make it unnecessary for the other military officials to be called before the Committee. I talked this over with the U.S. Chiefs of Staff and they were in agreement with my view of the matter. I should have made this explanation to your Committee yesterday morning but forgot to do so during the rather lengthy general discussion which took place.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, General Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Senator Connally, a Democrat from Texas, was chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Recommended Citation: The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, ed. Larry I. Bland and Sharon Ritenour Stevens (Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 3, “The Right Man for the Job,” December 7, 1941-May 31, 1943 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991), pp. 687-688.